Her Majesty's Schools Heroes is now known as Military Kids Club (MKC). It is still a unique, national, pupil voice group formed for the support of Service children and young people. This group works actively and in harmony, to ensure that every member has a voice and is able to use it for the benefit of all. Members of Military Kids Club are ambassadors and young advocates for Service families across the United Kingdom. Most importantly, they are friends for each other, especially in times of need.
To date MKC has in excess of 4000 members and is growing daily. This is based on several factors that include registered service children, as noted in the annual schools' census. In addition, any child who has any relative serving in any of our Armed Forces, the Reserve Forces or the RFA, can be classed as a Heroes member. Children of veterans are also eligible as Heroes.
Manadon Vale is very proud to be linked with MKC.
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As a school we continue to have three members of staff working with the children on a Wednesday and Thursday Lunchtime. Mrs Chidgey, Mrs Stapleton and Miss Lewis are pleased to offer a range of activities that promote a sense of team and support for one another. Miss Lewis has lunch with the children in a designated area within the school hall, so informal chats enable the children to talk about loved ones, their family, school and weekends. This has helped to strengthen the family feel of the group.
Wednesday sessions include time to email loved ones who are currently away, as well as time to play games with other members of the group.
Thursday is the 'Outdoor' day when we undertake a range of activities such as playing hide and seek in the wooded area; taking part in parachute games; tackling the adventure equipment; enjoying team games that involve the development of athletic skills; taking part in 'treasure' hunts, as well as creating towers using natural materials to name just a few examples of the things we do. The aim of such activities is to help create resilience and a sense of self-worth as well as building relationships and the ability to work effectively with others.
We also read books and discuss feelings associated with being a member of a Service family; broaching subjects such as a a feeling of lose when a loved one is absent from the family unit. We consider different ways of 'keeping in touch'- wishing on the same moon, sending cards and emailing photos. We look at how we can measure the time away of a love one in a positive way- counting down on a calendar or eating sweets from a jar that contains the number of sweets that relate to the length of a posting.